OUR TEAM


Staff

Brady Banks
Executive Director

Brady is committed to leading organizational change that grows our social enterprise. He has served in various outreach and development roles in nonprofits and the public sector. Previously, he served at The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and the Mayor’s Office of Nashville. He formerly served on the Metro Council and Metro Homelessness Commission. He holds a M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. from Mercer University. He enjoys time with his wife, Kristin, and rambunctious son, Thaddeus, and writing, good music, good books, and Tennessee Vols’ football. Brady is responsible for overseeing all staff and guides the vision and mission of The Contributor.

Lauren Dougall
Director of Development

A native of Illinois, Lauren Dougall moved to Berkshire, England with her family when she was only three years old and lived there for the next 22 years. She earned her degree in development studies and international relations from London Metropolitan University in 2010, finally moving to Nashville in 2013. Lauren began her work in nonprofit in 2008, and her specialties include fund development, fundraising, strategic planning, organizational growth, donor relations, and communications. She is currently earning her AFP Diploma in Fundraising Management. Now living in Madison with her husband, Stuart, she enjoys exploring America, flavorful tacos, perfect guacamole, angsty music, and busting chops.

Eric Dorman
Operations Manager

Eric Dorman, a native of Detroit, graduated from The King's College (New York City) in 2012 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He moved to Nashville and began a career in public relations and communications, but has since transitioned to an operations role. He's also a videographer and photographer who enjoys telling stories with pictures as well as words.

Vendor Services

Carolina Smith
Vendor Program Manager

Carolina graduated from Belmont University with a degree in social work, and with experience serving a variety of populations and needs. Her goal is to serve, strengthen, and empower individual lives. Originally from North Carolina, Carolina enjoys living in and serving Nashville.

Editorial

Megan O’Neill
Creative Media Coordinator

Megan O’Neill is the Creative Media Coordinator for The Contributor where she makes the pages dazzle with her modern design and layouts. She also curates art for the paper, as well as creates original graphic design. Before joining The Contributor in 2016, Megan worked in magazine publishing for seven years. She also currently serves as the Editor of ZouNation, a magazine focused on the University of Missouri’s athletics program. Megan earned her B.S. in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism, where she fell in love with university’s sports. A Chicago native, she is faithful to the Cubs, and loves chasing her fluffy Goldendoodle, Murray (yes, a Cubs reference).